Ep42. A conversation with author Petina Gappah on politics, writing, and more

This week’s episode features Petina Gappah, a writer and international lawyer from Zimbabwe. Thanks to the efforts of Chipo Dendere, Petina visited the Five Colleges earlier this year and we had a chance to sit down and talk. In addition to chatting about her forthcoming historical novel on David Livingstone’s companions, we talk about Gappah’s award-winning book The Book of Memory, and her two collections of short stories, An Elegy for Easterly and Rotten Row. In our conversation, she shares why she became a writer and her approach to writing.  … More Ep42. A conversation with author Petina Gappah on politics, writing, and more

Links this week: Zimbabwe’s coup, Kenya’s Supreme Court, and more

This week’s episode focused on Zimbabwe. Following a week of shifts in power, Robert Mugabe ultimately resigned from office and on Friday his former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa was sworn in as president.  We discuss these changes in the political climate with Dr. George Karekwaivanane (@ghkare) a lecturer in African Studies at the University of Edinburgh and the … More Links this week: Zimbabwe’s coup, Kenya’s Supreme Court, and more

Ep37. A conversation with Dr. George Karekwaivanane on the struggle for power in Zimbabwe

This week’s episode features a conversation with Dr. George Karekwaivanane (@ghkare). Dr. Karekwaivanane is a lecturer in African Studies at the University of Edinburgh and the author of The Struggle over State Power in Zimbabwe: Law and Politics Since 1950, recently published by Cambridge University Press. I spoke with George last week at the annual meeting of the African Studies Association in Chicago. … More Ep37. A conversation with Dr. George Karekwaivanane on the struggle for power in Zimbabwe

Links this week: Elections in the U.S. and Somaliland

In this week’s episode with Kenyan activist Boniface Mwangi, we talked about his book Unbounded, which is available in Kenya through his website and in the United States through Amazon. Mwangi will donate a book to a school for every book purchased in Kenya. During our conversation, he shared that he is currently reading Mao Zedong, and recommended the late … More Links this week: Elections in the U.S. and Somaliland

Links this week: Women wrestlers of Senegal, Rwandan toddler taken to/adopted in Italy, and more

In this week’s episode with Judd Devermont, we talked about his recent publication in African Affairs, “The US intelligence community’s biases during the Nigerian civil war.” He made two book recommendations: Milan Vaishnav’s When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics and Ricardo Soares de Oliveira’s Magnificent and Beggar Land: Angola Since the Civil War. Here are a … More Links this week: Women wrestlers of Senegal, Rwandan toddler taken to/adopted in Italy, and more

Links this week: ArtThrob, Togo protests, Zimbabwe cybersecurity, and more

In this week’s conversation with Amy Halliday, Amy mentioned a few contemporary art resources of potential interest to our followers: ArtThrob is “South Africa’s leading contemporary visual arts publication.” It is because of ArtThrob’s generous Creative Commons license that this week’s blog post features the work of Mary Sibande (@marysibande), who will receive Smithsonian African Artist award in … More Links this week: ArtThrob, Togo protests, Zimbabwe cybersecurity, and more

Ep26. A conversation with Dr. Chipo Dendere on the politics of exit in Zimbabwe and beyond

In this week’s episode, we speak with Dr. Chipo Dendere of Amherst College. We talk about her work on the politics of emigration out of Zimbabwe as well as protest movements, social media, and the role of money in politics. Music is by Audius. … More Ep26. A conversation with Dr. Chipo Dendere on the politics of exit in Zimbabwe and beyond